Hardbody head coach Godfrey Tamirepi has vowed to keep Gweru’s Premiership football status alive after a good start to the second half of the season.
Tamirepi’s side defeated Buffaloes 1-0 in their own backyard on Sunday in a league match and they are credited for defending their slender lead resolutely for almost the entire match after Brian Juru had propelled them into an early lead from the penalty spot in the eighth minute.
Despite the win, they are still lying precariously in 13th position with 13 points from 16 matches.
It was a match in which former Caps United midfielder Steven Alimenda made his debut for the Gweru side and was one of the players who managed to make the Buffaloes midfield look ordinary before their partisan crowd.
Midfieder Richard Jongwe gave Buffaloes defender Joseph Jambo all sorts of problems on the left flank and was a thorn in the flesh for the army side each time he was in possession of the ball.
Hardbody’s new striker Jacob Muzokomba did not make it into the team as he is still waiting for his reverse international clearance from Swaziland while right-back Piniel Manhope was not on the team sheet as he is still sorting out his papers.
Tamirepi said he was confident they would avoid relegation.
“We are going to give our best shot. We are taking each game as it comes and each game will be a final. The best way to do it is to remain positive and I think my players are raring to go,” he said.
“Our current position on the log standings is not good. But I’m confident that we are going to avoid relegation. What we need now is to win matches, sometimes it does not matter that you play bad football, but you just need to win,’’ he added.
Panic and shock were written all over the Buffaloes players’ faces after their skipper Dananai Chinowawa had promised a 3-0 win at a colourful dinner for the players which was hosted by the club’s executive on the eve of the match.